Daily Archives: April 22, 2010

Secretary of state hopeful accused of misconduct

Chris Steineger, D-Kansas City

Chris Steineger, D-Kansas City

From the Associated Press:

TOPEKA — A state senator running for Kansas secretary of state is accused of breaking campaign finance laws.

Democrat Chris Steineger of Kansas City, Kan., could be fined up to $15,000 if the state Governmental Ethics Commission concludes he violated state law.

A notice filed by the commission’s executive director alleges that Steineger improperly used his Senate campaign fund to finance polls last year for possible runs for governor and secretary of  state.

The notice from the executive director, Carol Williams, also alleges that Steineger illegally solicited campaign contributions from lobbyists during this year’s legislative session.

The commission has scheduled a May 18 hearing on the allegations.

The Legislature is currently on a break. A call to Steineger’s home Thursday was not immediately returned.

Republican congressional candidates pledge their support for “tea party” ideals

teaThree of the four Republicans seeking their party’s nomination in the 4th Congressional District touted their credentials as “tea party” candidates during a campaign forum today.

Republican National Committeeman Mike Pompeo, businessman Wink Hartman and state Sen. Jean Schodorf all pledged some degree of allegiance to the movement that is built around demands for lower taxes and smaller government, along with opposition to national health care and the Obama administration.

Schodorf, R-Wichita, brought the most tangible evidence — a $35 parking ticket she got while attending the tea party protest outside Wichita City Hall on the evening of April 15.

Schodorf revealed herself as one of at least 45 attendees ticketed for parking at the Rounds & Porter building next to City Hall. The parking lot is permit-only and reserved for city government employees.

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City paid $5,950 for analysis on Exchange Place TIF

Stanley D. Longhofer, Stephen L. Clark Chair of Real Estate and Finance in the Barton School of Business at Wichita State University and the founding director of the Center for Real Estate

Stanley D. Longhofer, Stephen L. Clark Chair of Real Estate and Finance in the Barton School of Business at Wichita State University and the founding director of the Center for Real Estate

The city paid $5,950 –  or $200 an hour — for the third-party analysis of Real Development’s controversial Exchange Place condo project in downtown Wichita.

The analysis was at the heart of the complicated and lengthy debate that led council members to increase public financing from $9.3 million to $10.3 million. While the report was widely discussed, the council ultimately decided to move forward despite risks outlined in several scenarios in the analysis.

So how was the report funded? It’s a bit complicated. Read More »